Catherine Wheels Welcomes New Executive Director

Catherine Wheels Theatre Company is delighted to announce the appointment of Tony Reekie as Executive Director and Joint CEO, effective 30 September 2019. Tony brings a wealth of experience to the role, having held a range of executive positions for national and international performing arts companies.

Tony is internationally regarded as a leading figure in children’s theatre. In his 20-year tenure as CEO of Imaginate, Tony led the company’s development from an annual children’s theatre festival to the national organisation responsible for the promotion and development of theatre and dance for children and young people in Scotland. He brings sector experience from his time as a programmer, producer, fundraiser and strategic consultant for a variety of organisations around the world. This work includes: International Director for the ASK, Shanghai, Associate Director for Spark Festival, Leicester, Guest Director of Take Off Festival, Durham, and Creative Producer for Lyra, Craigmillar.

Mhari Robinson, Chair of the Catherine Wheels Board of Directors, comments “On behalf of the Board of Trustees of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company I would like to welcome Tony Reekie as Executive Director and Joint CEO of the company. Tony brings a tremendous knowledge of the children’s theatre sector internationally as well as nationally, and an impressive track record in organisational strategy and fundraising. We are confident he will make a significant contribution to the company, and are thrilled he is joining us.”

Tony Reekie comments “I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to work with Artistic Director Gill Robertson again, having first worked together twenty-seven years ago when we setup Visible Fictions with Dougie Irvine and Kate Brailsford, and to be able to contribute my expertise to the future of Catherine Wheels Theatre Company, which I see as a leading light in children’s theatre in Scotland. Working closely with passionate and talented people to make the best possible theatre for young audiences is something I love doing, and I am very much looking forward to getting started.”